first, of vote for tony abbott. but then when two votes -- but then two votes fort julia gillard. last week, opposition leader tony abbott described himself as the head of a government in waiting. today, he was forced to concede defeat. >> the coalition won more votes and more seats than our opponents, but sadly, we did not get the opportunity to form a government. >> there has not been a hung parliament here since the second world war. the australians are used to strong and decisive government. this one looks altogether more fragile. it raises the obvious question -- how long will it last? nick bryant, bbc news, sydney. >> some kind in to political uncertainty in australia. in iraq, six months after their election, some of government.